With ‘Prince’ Naseem Hamed lengthy out of มวยสด, Joe Calzaghe lately retired and Ricky Hatton’s retirement seemingly imminent, in current months it has been straightforward to surprise the place the subsequent wave of real British boxing superstars are going to come back from.
Some folks have countered that query by elevating the topic of enigmatic Nottingham boxer, Carl Froch. At 26-Zero (20 KOs), holder of the WBC Tremendous Middleweight Title and a participant within the prestigious ‘Showtime Tremendous Six World Traditional’, it appears Froch ought to already be a bona-fide famous person. However, for some purpose, the British public simply have not taken to him and his improbable wins over Jermain Taylor and Andre Dirrell have been seen by minimal audiences.
British boxing followers needn’t fear although. Three boxing stars are rising by the ranks and are set to make sure that there are a lot of nice boxing nights available, each right here and overseas, over the subsequent 5 to 10 years, as we assist essentially the most proficient boxers on our shores. Apparently sufficient, the three most proficient boxers really draw some very shut parallels to the three legends talked about firstly of this text.
The New Ricky Hatton?
Dagenham’s Kevin Mitchell, 31-Zero (23 KOs), was lengthy thought of a sizzling boxing prospect by boxing aficionados. Like Ricky Hatton, Mitchell turned skilled after successful an ABA Title on the tender age of simply 18, moderately than trying to succeed at Worldwide Stage within the beginner ranks.
Nevertheless, together with his excellent show of boxing in scoring a close to shut out 12 spherical factors choice over Breidis Prescott in December 2009, Mitchell graduated from world class prospect to a real world title contender.
Mitchell attracts many similarities to Hatton – each can field brilliantly however typically desire to get in a brawl and each possess knockout energy, simply see Hatton’s chilling knockout of Carlos Maussa or Mitchell’s annihilation of Ignacio Mendoza for supporting proof.
As well as, each fighters have an nearly fanatical fan base; Hatton’s has travelled everywhere in the globe to comply with him in droves, along with packing out the Metropolis of Manchester soccer stadium (over 55,000 in attendance) while Mitchell is predicted to attract a crowd of 35,000 plus for his subsequent contest on the house of West Ham Soccer Membership, Upton Park, in London’s East Finish.
There’s additionally the truth that each have been introduced by the ranks very cautiously by Britain’s prime promoter, Frank Warren. Hatton’s commencement into world class towards the superb Australian Kostya Tszyu was his 39th contest as knowledgeable.
Mitchell’s subsequent contest, his 32nd, might be his first foray into world title stage. Coincidentally, it is going to additionally see him dealing with an Australian opponent, Michael Katsidis, in a battle that’s pencilled in as being for the Interim WBO Light-weight Title, though rumours persist that the battle may very well be for the complete title if Juan Manuel Marquez strikes as much as the Gentle Welterweight division.
Hatton has been a two weight world champion and excited us in Britain for years – is it heaping an excessive amount of strain on younger Mitchell to attract these similarities? Not should you ask me. Mitchell has the expertise to succeed towards Katsidis and luxuriate in an extended and profitable profession at world title stage.
Apparently, the one means I see Mitchell failing is that if he tries to maneuver up in weight too far. He is an excellent sized Light-weight however for me, that is his restrict. We noticed how Hatton struggled terribly when venturing out of his pure weight division and I hope Mitchell can resist the temptations that noticed Hatton battle towards Luis Collazo and Floyd Mayweather Jr.
The New Joe Calzaghe?
Amir Khan, 22-1 (16 KOs), could at first appear a moderately poor comparability to the ‘Pleasure of Newbridge’ provided that Khan has already suffered a defeat as knowledgeable, one thing that Calzaghe averted all through his epic 46 battle profession.
However, hear me out. There are extra similarities than you’d assume; let’s first take a look at the beginner statistics. Each boxers have been excellent amateurs – no person wants any reminding of Khan’s wonderful run to a silver medal as a 17 yr outdated on the 2004 Olympics in any case. While Calzaghe was denied the chance to go the Olympics at Barcelona in 1992 (Robin Reid was chosen for these video games, considerably controversially), Calzaghe to at the present time stays the one boxer to win Senior ABA titles in three successive years in three totally different weight divisions.
Each fighters key attribute is their pace with their fingers seemingly in a position to rattle off enormous numbers of punches in seconds, fully bewildering their opponents. And each additionally know the best way to get off the canvas to win; one thing we noticed Calzaghe obtain towards Byron Mitchell, Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones Jr. Khan has had related experiences towards Rachid Drilzane, Michael Gomez and Willie Limond.
Each fighters began out with Frank Warren earlier than going setting out on their very own promotional path too, Calzaghe very late on in his profession and Khan ditching Warren as quickly as he hit the heights of WBA Gentle Welterweight Champion.
Subsequent up for Khan is a check towards Paulie Malignaggi at New York’s legendary enviornment of Madison Sq. Backyard (MSG). The identical MSG the place Calzaghe secured the forty sixth and closing victory of his unimaginable profession.
Khan could also be unable to retire undefeated like Calzaghe did however I’m satisfied that he has the flexibility to carry out on the highest stage for the same variety of years. Like Calzaghe, it will be no shock to see Khan find yourself as a a number of weight world champion both.
The New ‘Prince Naseem Hamed’?
Hailing from the identical Sheffield fitness center as Hamed and educated by the identical coach in Brendan Ingle, it’s hardly stunning that so many have made comparisons between Hamed and Kell Brook, 21-Zero (14 KOs).
While, fairly pleasingly, Brook is much less cocky and boastful than his one-time mentor Hamed, there’s a sure conviction and confidence in the best way Brook talks about his talents that can’t assist however get you desirous about the younger ‘Prince’.
If you watch Brook within the ring, it is unattainable to not miss the identical traits which were taught to each Brook and Hamed by Ingle; each carry their chins a little bit bit greater than most would really like however get away with it, each carry improbable energy in every hand and their pace of hand and foot leaves opponents with nowhere to cover.
Each fighters, beneath the recommendation of Ingle, had unimaginable success as amateurs as Junior stage and determined to show punch for pay on the first alternative, moderately than search for beginner success at Senior stage.
Hamed struck an unbeaten run of 20 fights culminating in successful his first world title towards Steve Robinson and Brook isn’t far behind in any respect; it appears doubtless he’ll quickly be the primary contender for the WBO Welterweight crown within the very close to future.
Welterweight is a expertise packed division with many former champions reminiscent of Miguel Cotto, Antonio Margarito and Paul Spadafora nonetheless in motion and if Brook have been to beat these foes it will be very a lot akin to Hamed taking out Tom Johnson, Cesar Soto and Wilfredo Vasquez in his march by the Featherweight division.
It is nonetheless early days for Brook and even coming near matching Hamed’s achievements would an unimaginable feat, however who is aware of…..Brook could possess the expertise to surpass them.
And the most effective information for British boxing followers?
All three of the aforementioned fighters are nonetheless so younger. Mitchell is the oldest at 25, while Khan and Brook at 23, so all have years and years of prime stage boxing nonetheless forward of them.
Intriguingly, all three are very shut in weight too – Mitchell a Light-weight, Khan a Gentle Welterweight and Brook a Welterweight. So, it isn’t past the realms of chance that they might dominate their respective weight divisions earlier than tackling one another in bouts of stature just like the good Eubank/Benn/Collins wars of the 1990’s!
Do not despair British boxing followers….issues are undoubtedly on the best way up!